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Louise Booth

I heard today that local historian Louise Booth has died.

I don't have anything like an obituary put together, but I do know she was a longtime member and a past president of the Orange County Historical Society. She was also the general chair of the Orange County Centennial Committee, and wrote numerous books, including Villa Park : Then and Now, Fulfilling a Dream: The History of Chapman University, and One to Twenty-Eight : A History of Anaheim Union High School District. She was also a major contributor to the invaluable Centennial Bibliography of Orange County, California

Services will be at the Chapman College Chapel, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

UPDATE: Don Booth just sent me the following announcement, which has been circulating at Chapman University:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on January 24 of Louise Booth, the wife of Dr. Don Booth.  Louise’s health had declined rapidly in recent days.  Don, long time professor of economics, and their son David, a graduate of Chapman, were at her bedside.

Louise was intelligent, independent, and possessing of diverse interests and great strength.  She had a special presence.  When Louise entered a room, you knew it, and it wasn’t just because of her red hair.

A graduate of Indiana State University, Louise completed her postgraduate work at the University of Southern California.  After teaching English, speech, drama, and history thirty-five years, she retired to begin a second professional career – writing on a variety of historical topics, a great personal love.  She relished traveling to historical sites, finding new documents and verifying facts.

Louise chaired the Centennial Committee of the county-wide Orange County Historical Society working for four years in planning a large array of public events.  The profits funded the publication, The Centennial Bibliography of Orange County, California.  As the managing editor, Louise received the Donald F. Pflueger Award for distinguished research and writing on local history of southern California.  In 1989 Louise also received the William T. Glassell Award from the Orange Community Historical Society for service preserving the local heritage of the city of Orange.

In addition to this work, Louise published six historical monographs, three of them on the Civil War.  In 2001, Fulfilling A Dream – The History of Chapman University, was published.  Louise devoted many months to the research and writing of the book.  A remarkable document, it continues to serve as the most comprehensive, as well as the most interesting, story of Chapman’s history.

The book won the 61st annual Western Book Exhibition (2002) award sponsored annually by the Los Angeles based Rounce and Coffin Club.  This award was for books judged to be the best examples of printing, design, and publishing in the western United States.

Louise was a complete and vital partner to Don, and this partnership contributed tremendously to Chapman in a myriad of ways.  Despite her demanding professional career, she was very engaged in the life of Chapman.  A great hostess, she enjoyed sharing her home.  Louise especially loved entertaining many of the speakers in Chapman’s famous Artist-Lecture Series.  She also served for a number of years on the archives committee of the Leatherby Libraries.

Louise and Don became surrogate parents and grandparents to countless students, especially those from abroad.  They were very proud of the success of these students and welcomed them back to their home years later when these alumni brought their own children to meet Louise and Don.

As news spread across campus about Louise’s passing, many individuals offered personal reflections about her.  Dr. Pat See, Professor of Sociology, remembered that Louise was a welcoming presence to her and to other young faculty members as we began our careers.  “She made us feel as if we were part of an extended family.  We dined at their home and enjoyed sharing her interests in history and Russian literature.  Louise was also a very caring teacher, who would go above and beyond the call of duty to help her students . . . , as well as Don's students at Chapman. . . .  These are the connections that make Chapman the place we love.”

David Moore, Director of Planned Giving, stated:  “Sharp of mind with a passion for local history, Louise was among my favorite Chapman people. Her book, Fulfilling a Dream – The History of Chapman University, is a constant resource. When I hear a name or historical reference, her book (with its meticulous index) is the first place I look. The Booth family has generously provided me with copies that I give to alumni and other friends of the university as I meet with them. Long beyond her passing, Louise's words will continue to have significant impact and influence on our ability to engage others.”

Claudia Horn, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries, who helped provide some of the resources for Fulfilling a Dream . .  . indicated how proud the library was to sponsor the traveling exhibition of the Western Book Exhibition award winners and hold a reception celebrating Louise. On a personal note, Claudia added that Louise “endeared herself to me because she was a historian, a lady, and always told it like it was—with a twinkle in her eye and a “saucy” sense of humor.  What a treasure Louise was and always will be to me.”

President Jim Doti expressed the following:  “Louise was a remarkable woman in so many ways.  I will always have warm memories of her spirit, intellect and sense of humor.  Her candor was refreshing.”     

The memorial service for Louise will be Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel.
 There's also an article about her in the online version of Chapman's Panther newspaper.

Have a happy Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day!

 Hope you're having a great Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day! We certainly did at the Orange County Archives (a.k.a. my day job). Per tradition, grizzled prospector Adam "Badger" England stopped by to chew the fat over a cup of Arbuckle's and a plate of beans.

With a little help from Susan, even Archie, the flat magnetic cat on our library cart, got into the act.
On his "Knott's In Print" website, Allen Palovik posted about Virgil "Blackie" Dillon and other grizzled prospectors that once haunted the streets of Ghost Town. Also, Stacey Reid provided us with a fine pen-in-ink illustration of a grizzled prospector on her blog. And about a gazillion other websites mentioned that today was TLAGPD without going into too much additional detail.

We appreciate all the support, but we should remember that ultimately TLAGPD isn't about what happens online. It's about talking like a grizzled prospector. If you haven't done so yet, you still have the rest of the evening to set things right.

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Man Oh Man - Michael Fassbender in W!

Every so often I think that things are going to slow down and that I'm going to be able to take a little break from my real life and catch up on all the blogs that I've missed over the past few months...
and then things speed up even more!
Such is life, non?
But being busy means all good things in my life.

While my time to blog has been drastically limited to a few minutes here and there I wanted to share with you something special.

Yeah, I thought that you would think that this was special too!

Miss de Ville was lucky enough to get to deliver the Beladora jewelry to this photo shoot and get a glimpse of Mr. Fassbender in dishabille.

Here is the ring that he was wearing in this photo.

As I've mentioned here before, we send out copious amounts of jewelry for magazine photo shoots, but we never know whether or not our pieces will make it into print...until we see the magazine.
So of course we are thrilled to see our estate jewelry in W, ELLE, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, InStyle and other major fashionista magazines.
(Thank you editors and stylists...we LOVE you!)

Outside of all things Beladora I've been busy reading all the George R.R. Martin and Diana Gabaldon books.  Because of my minor amount of obsessive compulsiveness, when I find an author that I like, I tend to read their entire oeuvre
Do you do that too?
Luckily, with my trip next week to the Miami International Antiques and Estate Jewelry, I will have plenty of time on the cross country flight to read.
What are you reading right now?
Can you make some suggestions?
While I love Martin and Gabaldon...I'd like to find some books that have less than 700 plus pages!

Fuzzy McGee on Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day

Just for today, I turn the O.C. History Roundup over to guest blogger Fuzzy McGee and his trusty mule (who mainly just transcribed for Fuzzy):

"Another Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day (TLAGPD) done snuck up on us, dagnabbit! This Tuesday (Jan. 24th each year) is the day we celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill by talkin' like grizzled prospectors. Purt' near anyone can be part of TLAGPD -- 'Cause dang near every kinda person what there is came to the gold fields of Californee in 1849. There were Chinese prospectors, 'n' Irish prospectors, South American prospectors, 'n'... well, ye git the idea. And by lookin' at the pitchur above, it shore looks like there musta been some womenfolk what headed fer the Mother Lode too, by gum!
"So nobody ain't got no excuse no-how fer not talkin' like a grizzled prospector on Tuesday, consarnit! And if'n ye got a hankerin' to ice the cake, ye can even dress like a grizzled prospector, dance like a grizzled prospector, or smell like a grizzled prospector. (Ed.: We cannot recommend the latter.) Heck, you could even invite yer friends over fer a big holiday doin's: Put on yer best bib and tucker, mix up an anti-fogmatic, an' have a hog-killin' time!

"But I reckon yer doin' fine if all ye do is jist talk like a grizzled prospector.  Fer a little while.  Just fer the day.

"But fer now, I'd best skedaddle back to my claim afore some hornswogglin', bushwhackin' sidewinder jumps it. Have a good 'un!"

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Soap Is Good - SOPA is bad

Naturally, I would have an opinion on this issue.
Seen today at

If you are not following the SOPA situation, you should be.

And as Dash reminds us on her blog French Sampler
We owe thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet...
you know...the real one...
who gave it to the world for free.

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Mysterious knife and some local history classes

Thanks to everyone who brought artifacts to the OCHS "Show & Tell Night." I wasn't sure how well this program would work out when we revived it last year, but now I can't imagine not doing it annually. Such amazing stuff!

One of the objects brought on Thursday night was an old ivory-handled knife, brought by Phil Brigandi. Normally, Phil solves everyone else's historical mysteries -- But this time he has a mystery of his own. Nobody knows where the knife originally came from.

"My grandfather, Miner Whitford, found that knife in the 1950s, while preparing the foundation for a home he was building in San Clemente," says Phil. "The family lore was that it must have been from the rancho days. Of course it is not, but it was still one of his favorite keepsakes."

Note the initials "S.O.M." and some of the other fancy details. Do you know much about old knives? What can you tell us about this curious artifact? (Answer in the "Comments" section, below, or via email.)
Diane Ryan is again offering her History of Orange County class at the Oasis Senior Center in Corona del Mar. The class will be held Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm, from Jan. 26 to Mar. 1. The class is $50, plus a $2 material fee. To register, call 949 644-3244 or go to the "recreation classes" section on city's website, and reference class number 684011.

She's also offering a class on California Impressionism (612811) at the Oasis Senior Center, also beginning Jan. 26, and a class on California Regionalism, Art of 1930s to 1950s (085233) at the Huntington Beach Adult School District Office, beginning in April.

Diane is also teaching a class on California Missions (088122), to be held Wednesdays, l:30-3:30pm, Feb. 1 to Mar. 21, at the Fountain Valley Senior Center. The class is $54, with early bird registrants paying $48.

And finally, Diane is also offering a class on Historic Landmarks & Pioneers of Southern California (088133), Wednesdays, l:30-3:30pm, April 25 to June 13, at the Fountain Valley Senior Center. The class is $54. Early birds $48.

I'm not sure how she manages to keep teaching so many classes on such diverse topics, but more power to her! To contact her for more information, email her at

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Disneyland: Steps In Time - Carnation

Today's images show what was once the Carnation Ice Cream Shoppe (now the Carnation Cafe) on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland. Even as we speak, it's being revamped/redesigned for the umpteenth time, providing more indoor dining space for what has become one of the few table-service restaurants in the park. The illustration above, courtesy Kevin Kidney, shows what the building was supposed to look like on opening day in 1955. The image below, courtesy Daveland, shows the building as it appeared in Dec. 1962.
 Although the name has stayed a part of this building, the Carnation Company has evaporated -- just like its famous milk. Nestle purchased Carnation, and now uses the name on only a few products. It's a far cry from the days when Carnation was a well known name in dairy and its wholesome image was a perfect match for Disneyland. 

Carnation also hosted Plaza Gardens -- a dance venue which just recently shut down to make way for a "Princess meet-and-greet" area. It's a loss for all those who enjoyed big band music.

The photo below shows the Carnation Cafe as it appears today.
Here's a list of links to some of the earlier installments of "Disneyland: Steps In Time":